Senate Approves Admission of Finland & Sweden into NATO

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly approved a treaty document that approves the admission of Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by a vote of 95-01. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the measure, which brings two vital allies one step closer to fully joining the trans-Atlantic alliance.

“NATO will be stronger, and the world will be safer, with Finland and Sweden among its members. These Arctic nations have long been reliable partners of the United States and today, we did our part to welcome them into the world’s strongest defense alliance.

“Finland and Sweden bring exceptional qualities that nearly all Arctic nations possess – resiliency, entrepreneurship, comradery, teamwork, and, of course, their strategic locations. These attributes have been on full display whenever I have visited the European Arctic, and their presence in NATO will help deter further Russian aggression, atrocities, and unprovoked war.

“The Arctic will be more secure as a result of an expanded NATO partnership, but the alliance is gaining more than just military capabilities, advanced technologies, and raw manpower. We’re gaining leaders, innovators, and countries of deep character.

“Today’s vote was a monumental advance for international security and global stability. This is a great moment for NATO and for the Arctic.”

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